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Username Post: Been away for awhile        (Topic#368840)
Dan. 
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06-30-22 09:42 PM - Post#2843666    

Been away but back now. I just made a deal for this.

Will be a few weeks before it get here.











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07-01-22 04:52 AM - Post#2843673    
    In response to Dan.

Welcome Back!

'67 Camaro survivor
'06 Z71 Sierra Ex Cab
'37 Chevy cp.SOLD!!6/7/14
'00 S10 Ex Cab BUILT FOR EVERYDAY,NOT JUST THE HOLIDAYS
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07-04-22 03:33 AM - Post#2843800    
    In response to Dan.

Nice! We love 55s!

Vern

1953 Chevy Belair Sport Coupe - 355 Chevy V8, 700-R4, 4-wheel disc brakes, Ididit column, cruise/tilt,'59 Vette Steering Wheel, A/C

1930 DeSoto Business Coupe- 350 Chevy V8, EFI, 4-wheel disc brakes, Wire Wheels, TH400, S-10 Rear, A/C


 
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07-05-22 09:40 AM - Post#2843892    
    In response to Dan.

Its only been 12 years.

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wagonman100 
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07-05-22 09:54 AM - Post#2843894    
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Welcome back. Sweet ‘55.

Jay
Friends don’t let friends drive Fords.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier


 
Dan. 
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07-05-22 06:20 PM - Post#2843937    
    In response to Tony

  • Tony Said:
Its only been 12 years.



Well that qualifies as "awhile" right?




 
Dan. 
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07-05-22 08:32 PM - Post#2843940    
    In response to Dan.

Did I mention I also have an LS3 powered nova?

This is how I want the 55 to look.



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elvis 
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07-10-22 06:29 AM - Post#2844119    
    In response to Dan.

That looks like a whole bunch of fun. I'm thinking the louvers = engine heat heat = horsepower!
Speaking of LS engines in '55's, have a look for historic posts from XVETTE.

Pouring money between the wheels.


 
Dan. 
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07-10-22 09:08 AM - Post#2844126    
    In response to elvis

Well not as much horsepower as I'd like. It was an off the shelf engine he bought rated at 330hp. Respectable but not an LS3 that I want in it. But if I can get it running it will do for this summer.

The louvers will go away as soon as I can get a replacement hood painted and installed. Then the louvered hood will be up for sale. I live in the pacific NW and believe it or not it rains here now and then. And there is nothing below the louvers to stop or channel the water out.

I did a search for XVETTE and didn't find much. Most of the pic links don't work now, too old. If you know of specific posts let me know.




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elvis 
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07-17-22 06:36 PM - Post#2844517    
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Well, I hope this link helps. About 15 years ago, Richard won the Goodguys ros of the year for this work of art.
http://www.youtube.com/xvette


Pouring money between the wheels.


 
Dan. 
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07-20-22 04:55 PM - Post#2844686    
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She's finally on her way to me.



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Dan. 
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07-31-22 08:50 AM - Post#2845208    
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Well she arrived on Friday. The paint is arrow straight, interior is killer. Very little rust at all.

The PO told me he did this and that. There was a box of receipts and as it turns out yes he paid to have everything done and apparently he didn't know quality work from crap work.

So not sure where to start. The carb loads up big time, can hardly keep it running. I had to start it about 20 times to move it 300ft into my shop, but I did find out it has a posi because it spun both tires in my gravel driveway Found out that the neutral safely switch has been bypassed but that helped me get it in my shop and on on my lift. There is one rear brake caliper blown and leaking, and whoever installed the rear axle plumbed the hard line all the way to the calipers, no rubber or flex hose, and the lines are secured to the axle with tie wraps. I found some paperwork and the disk are a conversion he bought off ebay. Uses cad seville calipers and I had to order the new ones.

The car has a jim meyer rack and pinion conversion and he had someone install it. They cut the steering column and tried to mate it to a u-joint. Problem is the u-joint has a 1"DD hole and the column is 3/4" round. So they globbed weld on it and shoved it together and drilled a hole in it and the only thing that keep it from spinning was the allen set screw. So I've ordered a new 3/4"DD x 3/4"DD joint and I'll machine off the welding and put two flats on the steering column shaft to mate it to the joint. At the bottom of the column the steering shaft just flopped around. I've ordered some bearing bronze and will make a bushing and press into the bottom of the column to support the shaft. I'm also going to try and get rid if the floor shifter. It's a B&M and it sucks. Can't get it into park after going into drive.

It has power window kit that deletes the wing windows he had someone put in. When they did it they didn't put in a lower track in the front, there is just the felt liner hanging down below the belt line, and NO wiring or window switches at all.

The gauges in the console don't work. they will be going bye bye. I'm either going to put a three gauge trio under the dash, or go to an interatronics dash. The PO sent the dash out and in 2003 paid $250 to have the speedometer and gauges completely rebuilt.

The rear brake line at some point rusted through and they spliced it and the spice was too long so they creatively put a few loops and bend in the line to shorten it and secured it with a tie wrap.

I'm seriously thinking of going to a holley sniper fuel injection system and putting in a fuel injection tank with an in tank pump. I'm going to replace all the hard lines, both brake and fuel. The stock fuel line was never meant to hold 50 psi and is 67 years old. Time for a total 3/8" fuel line replacement, and new brake hard lines and I'll make up a set of braided stainless flex lines at the wheels.

Yes it seems like I'm complaining but just the opposite. I couldn't be happier with my purchase. After finish my nova build I went nuts trying to find things to do that I was interested in. My lovely wife found some things like putting in new dish washer and stove, then low and behold the washer started leaking and the same day our dryer wouldn't start. So $4k later I'm going broke doing honey do projects. But happy wife, happy life they say.

Well headed out to my shop to machine the steering shaft coupler and I'm sure I'll find more stuff to do on it.




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Edited by Dan. on 07-31-22 10:06 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
wagonman100 
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07-31-22 02:29 PM - Post#2845238    
    In response to Dan.

Sounds like a lot of cobbled up work, but nothing insurmountable. I just saw a thing on Two Guys Garage where you can keep the mechanical pump that fills a reservoir that contains a high pressure electric pump to feed the fuel injection. It is from F.I.Tech I believe and mounts under the hood. Double check for the posi too. I’ve seen open rears spin both tires a bit on low traction surfaces. Best of luck with it.

Jay
Friends don’t let friends drive Fords.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier


 
Dan. 
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07-31-22 03:39 PM - Post#2845246    
    In response to wagonman100

No nothing insurmountable at all. A few things will take some effort and head scratching and a hell of a lot of work, but honestly this is what I live for. I've waited 44 years to get another 55 and I couldn't be happier with the car. For the $26k I have in it there is no way I can find another one is this condition.

I have the car on my lift and both rear wheels turn the same direction. It has a posi tag on it, but that doesn't really mean anything. It is a 10 bolt and I was considering going to a 9" but that would cost me around $2600 and I'd probably have to get the driveshaft shorten for another $300. This rear is posi but has a 2.76 gear. I'm considering keeping it and having a set of 3.50's put in it. Unfortunately I've never done a set of gears and don't want to screw this one up. I think the 10 bolt will last if I don't abuse it too much.

I've seen those fuel tank setups and they are pretty cool. Looks like they are on ebay for $450. A new fuel injection fuel tank and pump is $600. If my tank wasn't 67 years old and rusty on the bottom I'd use the fuel sump, but I really think I'll go with a new tank if I go fuel injection. Peace of mind for me I guess.






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wagonman100 
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08-01-22 09:53 AM - Post#2845278    
    In response to Dan.

I don’t blame you on the tank. I just wanted to put it out there in case you didn’t know about it. The 10 bolt should hold up fine if not abused. I would go with a steeper gear too.

Jay
Friends don’t let friends drive Fords.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier


 
Dan. 
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08-01-22 11:26 AM - Post#2845282    
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I just checked the rear gear, 1 turn of the tire is just under 3 turns of the drive shaft, so 2.76 sounds about right.

I called a gear shop and he said I can get a thick set of 3.55 gears that will work with the 2 series carrier and not have to use a ring gear spacer of buy a new posi. But he wants $425 to put the gears in. Seems expensive to me.

I did find info on the power winders. They came from Balls rod and custom. I called him and he's a real dick on the phone, but I have no choice but to deal with him for the front tracks. I thought about making a set of tracks from some aluminum channel but I'd spend a ton of time on it and I bought some from him for under $50

Does anyone know how many amps the windows will draw? I ordered these to pass the wires through to the doors. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09J4WHGJY /ref=p...

I just ripped the entire rear brake line off. It was going down the right side and held to the axle with tie wraps and the same with on the side of the frame, and within 1/8" of the muffler. Fuel line is right beside it 1/4" off the muffler. And the brake line crosses over on top of the transmission and you can see where the line is wearing a groove in the transmission case.

I've found so many sketchy things I've lost track. But I'll eventually work through it all. I'm still in awe when I go out to the shop and turn the lights on and there is my dream car sitting n my lift







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Edited by Dan. on 08-01-22 11:59 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
asbicca 
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08-07-22 09:12 PM - Post#2845595    
    In response to Dan.

Both Danchuk and Specialty Power Windows have kits for the front channel.

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y40/asbicca/55 %20...


 
Dan. 
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08-07-22 10:48 PM - Post#2845596    
    In response to asbicca

Now you tell me :laugh :

I looked around a long time and didn't find anything. I determined I needed 5/8" u channel but all I found is thin aluminum channel.

I found 3/4" steel tubing at home depot that has 1/16" wall thickness. 3/4" - 1/8" is 5/8". So I took my 4" grinder with a cutoff wheel and made the tubing into 5/8" u channel. Worked perfectly. I just got the track in temporarily and same with the wiring and it works perfectly.

I just need to finish mounting the channel and make up the passengers side and get it wired and that will be another thing checked off my very long list of things to do.


Tomorrow I'm picking up a used set of lakewood traction bars. I'm going use them to fix this. Just one of really sketchy things on the car.



Hopefully this next week the second set of brake calipers will come on and crossing my fingers they fit.







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Edited by Dan. on 08-14-22 05:31 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
wagonman100 
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08-08-22 09:42 AM - Post#2845613    
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Wow, what some people do to cars.

Jay
Friends don’t let friends drive Fords.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier


 
Dan. 
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08-13-22 10:41 PM - Post#2845889    
    In response to wagonman100

Yes it is amazing. I could spend hours on what I've found on just this car, but it's no where near as bad as my nova was. But there is nothing that's not fixable with a little work. Some of it will be challenging to figure out a solution to fix.

I'm working on the rear brake lines now, then get the windows finished. I've made a front track and temporarily got the left window wired. Have to put the wire pass throughs in the doors and get wiring ran to the passenger door. Then I'll get the column put back in. I'm leaving it out for now even through I have the steering shaft fixed so it will be easier for an old man to get under that dash for the wiring.

I think this looks a little better than it did.






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Edited by Dan. on 08-14-22 05:11 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Dan. 
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08-14-22 04:54 PM - Post#2845920    
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I found something else even more troubling today.

I'm replacing the brake line from the master to the rear brakes and I found that the rear brake line was routed over the top of the transmission and wearing a groove in the case, and plumbed into the front high pressure side of the master, along with the left front brake. The right front brake was plumbed into the rear low pressure side of the master. I really can't believe someone did this. With the rear caliper blown there was only the right front that had brakes.


The PO said the brakes weren't good, well no sh*t.
He says he's a machinist but I don't know any machinist that would do something like this, or anyone that any sense at all. Who ever did this should not be allowed to own any form of tools.

I'm surprised that the car survived without killing somebody.

A friend of mine (a real machinist) called the car a "well dressed disaster".

He's right.



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Edited by Dan. on 08-14-22 06:23 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
wagonman100 
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08-14-22 07:01 PM - Post#2845923    
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Did you buy the car from Buddy Hack-it?

Jay
Friends don’t let friends drive Fords.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier


 
Dan. 
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08-14-22 08:30 PM - Post#2845929    
    In response to wagonman100

It was his brother Tom.

Actually I think it was Tom and Buddy.

No one person could think of all this stupid crap by themselves.

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Edited by Dan. on 08-15-22 12:11 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Dan. 
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08-15-22 10:28 PM - Post#2845979    
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More fun stuff.

https://youtu.be/B5kcItuULBA


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